5th January 2021 @ 5PM

Dear Parents/Carers

My team and I have spent the day calling all keyworker parents and carers to run a survey of requirement for childcare.  Many thanks for working with us to get this information together and for your patience whilst we worked together to do so.

I appreciate your prompt responses on the phone and via email today it has helped me and my team to action this quickly and efficiently.

Our survey has however revealed that there is not enough demand for us to open.  I am so very sad to have to announce to you that my decision to close for lockdown remains in force.  This is not what I want to happen, but the figures do not make it feasible to do so.  We will of course re-open once lockdown is lifted.

The figures show that out of all our customers who are keyworkers there is an average of 7 children a day requesting childcare in out of school care and 5 a day in nursery. 

If we had at least 16 children per day in both nursery and out of school, we could consider re-opening. The other issue is that each of the children needing care are from 5 separate schools and therefore we have to ensure ratios are covered to allow 2 staff per school to collect and deliver safely to school. In total we would need to staff this with 12 staff for out of school and 3 in nursery.

I would like to thank all those parents that are able to continue their payments which will remain as credits on their accounts and understand why some parents are unable to do so.

Janette and I will be continuing to work flexibly from home this week in order to calculate credits on your accounts where required.  The credits will be initially for 6 weeks up to February half term.

I am aware that your needs may change at any time and would like to ask you to keep in touch via email to log any future requirement during lockdown for me to consider.

We will be open again once lockdown is lifted and our services will continue the same as before.

On behalf of everyone at Candystripe I hope you stay safe and well in these very strange times.

Kind regards


Anna Robinson

Director and Safeguarding Lead

0113 268 9443 option 6


We are now in lockdown in line with Government Guidelines.  All parents will be contacted as soon as possible

4th January 2021 After hearing the announcement from the Prime Minister this evening, I have made the decision to close until the lockdown is lifted.  My team and I will be in tomorrow to contact all parents individually to discuss this further.

If you are a keyworker please let us know and we will complete our survey today after contacting all parents/carers in order to review if it is feasible to open for keyworker and vulnerable children.  

If possible it would be appreciated if parents/carers could continue making their payments; where possible do not cancel your bookings.  This will be discussed further with parents case by case and credits will be made where necessary.  I know this is a lot to ask but I will consider much lower fees next academic year to compensate.  However this is a request not a demand.

Any money overpaid on your account after credits are placed for un-used care will be available to use for future childcare with us including holiday and playscheme care.

Please email me on if you would like to discuss this further or call me on 0113 268 9443 option 6.

I do believe this is the right decision and think that if we can all pull together and stick to the rules that this will improve asap and with vaccinations being rolled out, we will be able to plan forward for better times.

Kind regards


Anna Robinson - Company Director

Welcome to Candystripe!

Please call 0113 268 9443 for more support, there is an automated phone directory please press:

1 - to speak to the Cottage staff where they look after children for out of school care for St Matthews, Immaculate Heart, St Urbans and Chapel Allerton, we run playschemes in all holidays and nursery care full and part time also at this site.

2 - to speak to accounts department and the admin about your account.

3 - to speak to staff at the Church who look after children from Immaculate Heart, Moortown and Gledhow for out of school care only

4 - to speak to our Business Manager Lesley

5 - to speak to someone about parties or party supplies

or press 6 to speak to the Director Anna about any safeguarding concern or emergency.

You can also email your enquiry to or email via our contact page.

Bookings are now being taken for the all holidays

Prices are currently £31/30(please provide lunch) and nursery playscheme £38.50 inc lunch . These change from 1st July each year.

Book now to avoid disappointment by emailing or


Currently trips are only to local parks due to COVID-19

We are offering Trips out during playschemes which will always have a separate schedule only to be viewed in the setting on the notice board in reception.  Please ask at reception to make a booking for any trip listed.

These trips are booked on a first come first served basis and must be paid for in full on booking. The schedule is now live and a copy is in the holiday playscheme menu for reference.  Please book in reception only and make cull payment for any trips requested.

If you don't get chance to book into the trips more trips will be reviewed and offered if we are able to do so. We apologise now if you feel it is difficult to get a place and we will endeavour to be as fair as possible.

Who are we?..........

We present a new concept in childcare dedicated to children and parents.  

The Candystripe concept was born in 2000 with the aim to provide the local community with affordable childcare provision all under one roof. Being a local business woman and a working mum Anna truly understood and empathized with parents needs for a safe, stimulating, challenging and happy environment in which they can leave their children whether they are 2 years or 14 years old. is built on strong partnerships between all the staff working within the company. Together they strive to provide childcare solutions for the community.

As a customer of Candystripe you can expect to leave your children in a safe, clean and learning environment. Our staff will be knowledgeable and helpful. Ltd's safeguarding policy is stringent and firmly instilled in all the staff and children as paramount to our success.  Ask for details about our safeguarding policies and speak to our safeguarding managers in each setting.  The details of these people will be listed on our notice boards on each site.

How do I get a place for my child in Out of School or Nursery?

You can email us and we will send you our re-registration letter which explains what to do.  Or you can call us to discuss your requirements on 0113 268 9443 and follow the directory list to get to the person you need to talk to.

Dependent on what school you are successful in gaining you will need to visit the relevant out of school club for that school to register. 

  • St Matthews - The Cottage behind the Toby Carvery
  • Immaculate Heart - The Cottage or Lidgett Park Church
  • St Urbans - The Cottage behind the Toby Carvery
  • Moortown - Lidgett Park Church
  • Talbot - off site at Lidgett Park Church
  • Gledhow - off site at Lidgett Park Church
  • Chapel Allerton - The Cottage behind the Toby Carvery

Once you have found the relevant site go on down and register your place.  Don't forget to get a receipt for your application and this will link to your place on the waiting list.  There is a registration fee of £20  per family or £30 for Talbot, if you are an excisting customer this is reduced to £10 and £20.

You can register by calling Janette on 0113 268 9443 option 2 to run through digital registration and this gives you chance to ask all your questions or come into the relevant setting to register.

If your school is not mentioned please call us as we may be able to help you.

Read more about our daycare, out of school or parties.

Contact us on 0113 268 9443 or